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, the u.s. is sending fbi special investigators to benghazi to help in determining the cause of the attack, and who else may have been involved in it. now, for their part, the u.s. embassy has received some reinforcements. at least 50 marines have arrived and have now taken up positions here in the capital. we also understand that at least two u.s. navy warships have been deployed off the coast of libya, and the government here has pledged to the united states that it will cooperate with the investigation, and help in trying to bring the perpetrators of this attack to justice. nbc news, tripoli. >>> and the violent anti-american protests have spread from tunisia to indonesia. the crisis is growing, and it is becoming a larger factor in the race for the white house. steve handelsman is on capitol hill now with more on this. >> reporter: wendy, good evening. candidate paul ryan implied today this wouldn't be happening if mitt romney were in the white house. for his part today, president obama took a hard line. as anti-american rioting spread through the muslim world, president obama was on h
will go unpunished. >> reporter: but in libya, the fbi is just starting an investigation. besides the four murders, and the riots faced by president obama, there's the bloody rebellion in syria, and new pressure on the u.s. from israel to get tougher on iran over nuclear weapons. republicans are implying president obama is wavering. >> this is a moment for americans to show our closest allies in the middle east that we stand with them unequivocally -- unequivocally -- no mixed signals. >> reporter: the middle east suddenly a factor in the race for the white house. prior to the current crisis, the nbc news "wall street journal" poll showed president obama with a significant advantage over mitt romney. in terms of what voters thought their competence was on foreign policy and national security. i'm steve handelsman, news4. >>> in our decision 2012, coverage tonight, both campaigns paused to remember the lives lost in libya. mitt romney and first lady michelle obama, they made campaign stops in the battleground state of virginia today. romney in fairfax, the first lady two stops in richmond a
. >> reporter: a tragedy becomes a test of leadership, seven weeks from election day. the fbi says it will now investigate the death of our four american diplomats in libya. i'm steve handelsman reporting. now back to you. >> thank you, steve. >>> muslim-american leaders here in washington are also condemning what they describe as the disaceful killings of american diplomats. >> the killers of our diplomats deserve condemnation and should be brought to justice. this attack is inexcusable, and cannot be justified under any justification. >> the local leaders also called on muslims in the middle east to ignore the film that apparently triggered the violent protest. >>> there is a lot going on behind the scenes right now, as u.s. officials respond to the killing of ambassador stevens and the three other american diplomats. nbc news white house correspondent mike vicaro joins us with the latest. mike, first of all, is there any word on any -- any additional word from the white house on who's behind the attack? >> reporter: well, it's being investigated but i can tell you that they are warning our
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